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3 - MARCH 2008 BIRD SIGHTINGS (ANGUS)

Postby Mark Caunt » Sun Mar 02, 2008 10:28 am

Angus Bird Sightings for MARCH 2008
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Tree spugs in Ferryden garden.

Postby Gordon Anderson » Sun Mar 02, 2008 2:46 pm

On Saturday 1st March spotted a single tree sparrow in my neighbour's garden. To-day Sunday 12.30hrs I counted three tree sparrows in the same tree. Exciting armchair tick as I have never seen them in this vicinity before and they seem to have vanished from their former stronghold around Lunan braes.
How are they faring elsewhere around the county?
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March 2nd. GLAUCOUS GULL 1St. Winter

Postby Bob McCurley » Sun Mar 02, 2008 10:18 pm

Mar. 2nd. 1300hrs. GLAUCOUS GULL Ist. Winter

Seen at Forfar Landfill site N.O. 454 526

Opposite Restenneth

Bird Reported by Graham Smith

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March 4th BARN OWL

Postby Bob McCurley » Wed Mar 05, 2008 12:11 am

March 4th. 8-45 pm. BARN OWL 1

ON B961 CARMYLLIE - REDFORD ROAD AT APPROX. N.O. 576 469

Also in same area TAWNY OWL 2

Seen by Bob and Graham

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Peregrine falcon, 6th March

Postby joncook » Thu Mar 06, 2008 10:17 pm

7.45 this morning a Peregrine falcon made 3 passes by my office window at Ninewells Hospital before landing at the top of the boiler chimney. Nice start to the day.

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Water pipit

Postby keith hendrie » Fri Mar 07, 2008 9:49 am

Water pipit on Ferryden beach this am, also 70+ Purple Sandpiper around the lighthouse rocks.

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Ferryden Water Pipit Friday March 7 at 13.30

Postby HarryB » Fri Mar 07, 2008 6:40 pm

Three of us tried to find the Water Pipit at Ferryden this afternoon, but had no luck.
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9th March

Postby Clive McKay » Sun Mar 09, 2008 11:56 pm

Lintrathen 9th March

VisMig 9:15-10:00, Kingoldrum
Pink-feet - 340 >ENE
Greylag - 28 >ENE

Curlew - influx today(?) at least 80 roosting on temporary flooded pools between Lintrathen and Kingoldrum, some coming in (?) in afternoon from west.

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Pink-footed Goose numbers at Montrose Basin etc

Postby HarryB » Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:41 am

Goose count yesterday morning produced only about 1200 geese (That was at about 06,30) . By the time of the WeBS count, there were more Pinkies than there were in the morning, plus 140 Greylag.
The Avocet continues at the Basin (since 08/01/08) and the Lesser Yellowlegs is also there (Since 10/11/07). There is also a Greater Scaup flock continuously there and up to 3 Green Sandpiper (Best seen at low tide) at the Slunks. No sign of the Bewick's Swans yesterday amongst a flock of 170+ Whooper Swans, but they could still be about the Basin. Anyone re-finding them, please post on this website, plus notifying Birdline Scotland etc.
We seem to be getting used to our rarer winter visitors but other folks from elsewhere still feel the need to see these birds.
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Green Sandpipers

Postby K Hall » Tue Mar 11, 2008 7:07 pm

2 Green Sandpipers 12.30 pm today at The Slunks, Montrose Basin. Viewed from The Lurgies side of the river.

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March 11th YELLOW HAMMERS

Postby Bob McCurley » Tue Mar 11, 2008 11:45 pm

MAR.11TH 11-30A.M. YELLOW HAMMERS 75
AT HATTON FARM AREA IN TREES BESIDE WHITE COTTAGE N.O. 591373 -- SEEN DURING BTO TETRAD VISIT

Have never seen so many in one place before , also present in same area 20 TREE SPARROWS

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Postby DK » Wed Mar 12, 2008 6:26 pm

More Yellowhammer strangeness ?

Six Yellowhammers have taken up residence in our garden (Arbirlot) they have been there since saturday, feeding under a seedfeeder on the lawn. Although they can often be found in surrounding field boundry hedgerows (never normaly see more than two together) this is the first time they have ever been seen in the garden and we have been here about ten years. :?

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Thursday 13th March 2008 - Brambling

Postby Mark Caunt » Thu Mar 13, 2008 9:52 am

Date & Time: Thursday 13th March 2008 - 9:00am
Species: Brambling
Details: At least 40 Brambling in a mixed chaffinch flock in fields just south of Dykehead.

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Re: MARCH 2008 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Mark Caunt » Thu Mar 13, 2008 11:19 pm

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Whooper Swans

Postby Dave Adam » Fri Mar 14, 2008 1:40 pm

About 40 Whoopers flew low over Brechin this morning at 7am, honking away with a very unsure skein formation heading very roughly Westish! Followed by 3 stragglers 7.20am.

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Re: MARCH 2008 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Bob McCurley » Fri Mar 14, 2008 2:22 pm

March 13th. LONGTAILED DUCK , COMMON SCOTER

13TH MAR. 1600HRS. CARNOUSTIE BAY Off Buddon Ness.

10 LONG TAILED DUCK AND 30 COMMON SCOTER

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Re: MARCH 2008 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby K Hall » Sat Mar 15, 2008 12:55 pm

Puffin at south of Auchmithie. One yesterday at 17.00hrs among the Razorbills and Guillemots off Lud Castle, 1km south of Auchmithie. First of the year?

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Monday 17th March 2008 - Glaucous & Med Gull

Postby Mark Caunt » Mon Mar 17, 2008 6:01 pm

Date & Time: Monday 17th March 2008 - 11:30am
Species: Glaucous & Med Gull
Details: There was a 1st winter (or whatever the appropriate termonology is these days!) Glaucous Gull and a 1st winter Med Gull in a ploughed field NORTH of the Forfar Landfill on the Forfar to Montrose Road. Thats the B9113 (NOT the A932). There were about 200 gulls in the field so take your scope!
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Also had a nice view at 10:00am ish of a Merlin sat on a roadside post just east of the Froickheim Crem.
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Re: MARCH 2008 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Bob McCurley » Wed Mar 19, 2008 8:02 pm

March 19th 1350hrs. CROSSBILLS 4 REDPOLLS 15
GREEN WOODPECKER 3 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER 4

At Montreathmont Forest , in hide area , No 579537

The Floor of the hide was relaid today by members of the Angus and Dundee Bird Club

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18th March, Pink-feet on the move

Postby Clive McKay » Thu Mar 20, 2008 2:12 pm

Tuesday 18 March

Kingoldrum - 2,410 Pink-feet >ENE in 2 hours.

Did anybody see any Pinks moving on Friday 14th March? It was a classic day, but I had to go to a meeting, and so couldn't do a vismig count.

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20 march 10:30 Glaucous Gull at Forfar coup

Postby Kevin Thomson » Thu Mar 20, 2008 2:32 pm

Still showing well in field north of forfar landfill on B9113. Flew off into landill site.

PM: montreathmont hide: 3 gt sp woodpecker, pheasant, gt, blue & coal tit, chaffinch, greenfinch,wood pigeon, crow & v.
brief jay.

Beyond the hide in brash: buzzard, kestrel, female hen harrier, and redpoll flying between brash and tall larch.

Kev T.

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Med Gull @ Montrose

Postby Matt Slaymaker » Mon Mar 24, 2008 12:13 am

2nd win MED GULL at Montrose basin this evening with roosting gulls infront of Wigeon Hide.
Almost complete hood but appeared to have a damaged right foot/leg + spent most of the time sitting down.

also 2 Greenshank in the channel by Shelduck Hide, possible Lesser Yellowlegs heard calling near wigeon hide last night (early hours of the morning)

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White-Tailed Eagle

Postby Hannah Morton » Tue Mar 25, 2008 3:24 pm

WTE just reported at Kinnordy

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Tuesday 25th March 2008 - Snow Bunting

Postby Mark Caunt » Tue Mar 25, 2008 7:07 pm

Date & Time: Tuesday 25th March 2008 - 11:00am
Species: Snow Bunting
Details: A lone Snow Bunting this morning in an arable field just east of the track leading to Farmerton Farm off the Noranside to Fern Road. For exact location see map link.
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March 25th VELVET SCOTER

Postby Bob McCurley » Tue Mar 25, 2008 8:39 pm

March 25th. A Single VELVET SCOTER Was seen from Redcastle Hide today in Lunan Bay ( my first for Angus this year )

Also present Long Tailed Duck , Red Throated Diver , and Red Breasted Mergansers

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Osprey today over Barnhead and flying toward Montrose Basin

Postby HarryB » Tue Mar 25, 2008 9:17 pm

Eileen Bickerstaff got an Osprey flying over Barnhead, towards Montrose Basin this afternnon at 14.30
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Glaucous Gull

Postby Hugh Addlesee » Wed Mar 26, 2008 3:30 pm

1st-winter Glauc still at Arbroath harbour yesterday lunchtime, with a Red-throated Diver also present in the inner harbour, though no sign of either bird today.

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GREEN SANDPIPER (2) at The Slunks 26/03/08 14.00

Postby HarryB » Wed Mar 26, 2008 6:12 pm

The usual two Green Sandpipers at The Slunks (up stream from Old Montrose Pier and on opposite side) this afternoon at low tide.
No sign of any Whooper Swans today, but at least 83 Mutes.
Greater Scaup flock still around on north shore area as the tide filled the Basin.
About 2,400 Pink-footed Geese still in Basin this afternoon.
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Glaucous Gull

Postby Hugh Addlesee » Fri Mar 28, 2008 3:38 pm

The 1st-winter Glauc again showing well around Arbroath harbour the last 2 days.

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March 28 Pied Wag roost

Postby Clive McKay » Fri Mar 28, 2008 11:37 pm

Large roost of Pied Wags at L of LIntrathen this evening - 438 birds

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Sat 29 March, Lintrathen

Postby Clive McKay » Sat Mar 29, 2008 2:03 pm

Visible migration 7:00-9:00:

860 Pink-feet >ENE, mostly following Strathmore->Forfar>Edzell

51 Whoopers (flocks of 13 and 38) flying >N straight into the Grampians, despite murky weather up there. A single at Lintrathen and 4 at Backwater Resr later may have been from these flocks.

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March 29th OSPREY and WHEATEAR

Postby Bob McCurley » Sat Mar 29, 2008 4:20 pm

MARCH 29TH 10AM. OSPREY 1 Seen at R.S.P.B. Loch of Kinnordy area


March 29th. 10.45am. WHEATEAR 1 Male Seen along Balintore Road N.O. 289590

My first for Angus this Year .

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Sat 29th March: Crane

Postby Hannah Morton » Sat Mar 29, 2008 5:23 pm

Crane seen flying East to West over reserve at approx 3pm. Last seen heading South towards Dundee.

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MARCH 30TH SAND MARTINS . GREEN SANDPIPERS

Postby Bob McCurley » Sun Mar 30, 2008 11:06 pm

March 30th. 11am SAND MARTINS 1 Seen From Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre N.O. 700 565

March 30th 1350hrs. GREEN SANDPIPERS 2 Seen up Slunks . at Lurgies Montrose Basin N.O.676 577

March 28th. 11am. SAND MARTINS 5 Seen at North Pond Monkie Country Park ( 1st Report )
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Sunday 30th March 2008 - Glaucous Gull

Postby Mark Caunt » Mon Mar 31, 2008 12:04 am

Date & Time: Sunday 30th March 2008 - 7:30pm
Species: Glaucous Gull
Details: The Glaucous Gull showing well at the Arbroath Harbour still from 7:30 till sun down.

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Re: MARCH 2008 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby George Rodger » Mon Mar 31, 2008 9:29 am

Sun 30 March, Wheatears x 3 at Balintor & Osprey at Kinnordy also 3 otters on Kinnordy (opposite Gullery hide)
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March 31st. OSPREY and SAND MARTINS

Postby Bob McCurley » Mon Mar 31, 2008 7:59 pm

March 31st 1442hrs. OSPREY 1 Seen at CLATTO RES, N.O. 375348 By Dave Fereguson ( ADBC Member ) flying SW.

March 31st. 110am. SAND MARTINS 5 Seen at Artificial S/Martin Wall along B/Ferry Esplanade by Jon Cook ( ADBC, Member )

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March 31, Lintrathen/Glen Isla

Postby Clive McKay » Tue Apr 01, 2008 12:04 am

Osprey - my first of year flying from Kinnordy to Lintrathen
Meadow Pipit - steady passage this morning
Whooper Swan - spectacular flock of 59 birds heading >N up Glen Isla in late evening. Turned >W then >SW to avoid crossing the Cairngorms.


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